Breast Cancer & Lymph Node Status | Susan G. Komen® - Node breast
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Sometimes breast cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in the underarm area. Learn how lymph node status affects prognosis and treatment. Your doctor will use one of two procedures for this, either a sentinel lymph node biopsy/removal or an axillary node dissection. Axillary node dissection removes some of the the axillary lymph nodes, which are the lymph nodes located in the underarm. A mastectomy or lumpectomy.